Danielle Jackson | Hampton Roads Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer
Angel Gowns is a beautiful, heartfelt charity I became involved with last year. (Here is the link to that blog: http://www.danielles-photography.com/blog/2016/2/giving-back-to-angel-gowns-is-as-simple-as-cleaning-out-your-closet.) With February being about love, I've been moved again this year to give you an update with some more information and new opportunities for you to get involved.
If you are wondering what Angel Gowns is all about it is an international charity that has helped countless grieving families.
The Virginia Beach-based chapter we are helping this year is-
Kennedy's Angel Gowns
"Kennedy's Angel Gowns' mission is to Help, Heal, and Give Back to bereaved families. We provide hand crafted burial gowns for baby girls and vests & ties for baby boys to families who have suffered the loss of a child before, during, or shortly after birth at no cost. These beautiful garments are hand crafted and sewn from some of the finest materials, as they are made from donated wedding gowns.
In addition, Kennedy's Angel Gowns also helps families to access other resources for bereaved families and helps to raise awareness to the silence that often surrounds infertility, miscarriage, early neonatal loss, stillborn, and infant loss. Many people who experience this tragedy often feel very alone and isolated. Our mission is to bring awareness and break the silence.
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns is a licensed 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible."
Many of my friends, family, clients and even word of mouth acquaintances came forward last year and we were able to donate over 75 gowns. How incredible are my people, right?!? I would love to go above and beyond all those we were able to help last year.
Here are some ways you too can get involved:
* Schedule Your Child(ren)'s Portrait session.
If you've found yourself waiting for just the right time to have beautiful portraits of your children and have a heart for giving back, now is your chance. This year Danielle Jackson Photography will be donating hour-long children's portrait sessions for $150 monetary donations made to Kennedy's Angel Gowns. These are open to any child's session or daughter in dress session as the one seen here. These sessions must be scheduled in the month of February 2017 and there are only 3 appointments available. These are going to go quick so don't hesitate to contact me today to schedule yours.
Clean Out Your Closet
How many of you have an old bridesmaid dress or an out of date cocktail dress or perhaps even a wedding gown you know will never see the light of day again as something you would actually wear? This is your opportunity to make a difference in someone's life AND clean out some clutter by making a gown donation to Angel Gowns. Last year you all did a phenomenal job and I collected over 75 gowns! I just know you all can dig a little deeper into your closets or spread the word a little further and ask a friend or family member what they have to contribute.
Dresses can be mailed at any time to: Tiffany Henley, P.O. Box 9562, VA Beach, VA 23450
Or dropped off:
Cape Henry Associates, Inc. (c/o John Jackson)
2877 Guardian Ln #300, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Please drop at front desk on 3rd floor during regular weekday business hours (8-4:00pm)
Danielle Jackson Photography
3 Fallmeadow Court
Hampton VA 23666
*anytime during daylight hours on the front porch
I am thrilled this year to have been contacted by a newly formed local (Virginia Beach-based) chapter Kennedy's Angel Gowns. I encourage you to check out their site http://www.kennedysangelgowns.org/ and contact Heather Wilson to get more involved. They will even be holding an Inaugural Angel Ball on April 29th, 2017 you won't want to miss.
Angel Gowns is a truly a beautiful charity and I hope I've inspired you to get involved in some way and if nothing else please share this blog post with anyone who may have a need or contribution. Even simply sharing this link on facebook or commenting below well wishes for the charity can help spread the word of this organization. If you have found me or know me and feel more inclined to reach out to me please feel free to do so and I will be sure to help you make the connections you are looking for. Now go forth and spread some February love my friends.